Notes: Redmond sidelined for season

Notes: Redmond sidelined for season

MINNEAPOLIS -- A partially torn plantar fascia tissue in his right foot will sideline backup catcher Mike Redmond for the rest of the season.

Redmond hasn't played since Tuesday at Detroit, when he had to come out because his heel was bothering while running the bases. The injury had been bothering him for a few months, but an MRI exam revealed the tear Friday.

"I've played through it, but it just got to the point where that was it. I couldn't basically run," Redmond said. "I feel good about doing everything I could. I battled through a majority of the season, especially the last two weeks."

The injury will not require surgery, but Redmond was ordered to rest to let his foot heal. Callup Chris Heintz will serve as the Twins' backup catcher for the rest of the season.

The 34-year-old, who signed a two-year contract this past winter after seven seasons with the Marlins, also had been fighting a sore left shoulder since an early season collision at home plate with the Royals' Mike Sweeney.

Batting .311 in 45 games this season with one homer and 26 RBIs, Redmond proved valuable playing behind regular catcher Joe Mauer. Redmond worked well with the pitching staff and was his easygoing personality kept things loose in the clubhouse.

"I've preached to a lot of guys in here about playing and finishing strong," Redmond said. "Sure, it's a little frustrating for myself to not be able to finish."

Silva update: Twins starting pitcher Carlos Silva has decided to have Minnesota Wild orthopedic surgeon Dr. Joel Boyd and Twins surgeon Dr. John Steubs perform the surgery to repair torn meniscus cartilage in his right knee.

Silva, who was 9-8 with a 3.44 ERA and just nine walks allowed in 188 1/3 innings this season, was shut down once his knee stiffened during the first inning of his last start at Cleveland on Sept. 11.

Morning pleasure: Counting Saturday's 5-0 win over Chicago, the Twins have gone 15-6 in 21 games that began before noon since 1982.

The club often plays 11 a.m. Saturday games in September because the Metrodome playing surface must be converted to allow the University of Minnesota play its college football games that night. The field is switched back to baseball before Sunday.

Some past 11 a.m. game highlights include:

• Lefty Eric Milton throwing a no-hitter against the Angels on Sept. 11, 1999.

• The Rangers hit seven home runs, including a club-record five coming off pitcher Bert Blyleven, on Sept. 13, 1986.

• On Oct. 2, 2004, a Twins-Indians game was suspended after 11 innings for going past the established 2:30 p.m. CT curfew. The game, which had home field implications for the playoffs, was resumed the following day. This year, the curfew was moved back to 3 p.m. but proved to not be an issue before the Golden Gophers played Florida Atlantic University.

Coming up: The Twins wrap up their brief three-game homestand with the White Sox on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. CT. Kyle Lohse will pitch for Minnesota against Chicago's Jose Contreras.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.